Knowing Which Medium for Adoption Is Right for You
Making a choice as to where you want to consider adopting a child can be confusing and overwhelming at times. Different couples or families will have different preferences and choose different things to suit their needs. Knowing if you should adopt from foster care, private US or international adoption may make a big difference. But what we should keep in mind is those orphans always are in need of a loving family.
I will firstly look at Private U.S. adoptions. Here, the parents make the choice to let their child be placed for adoption. They also are the ones who normally select the family they think will be the best fit for their child. These adoptions are mostly carried out via non-profit and profit agencies.
If you prefer an adoption attorney this can be considered also. Adoption by this medium makes it easier for a couple to get a newborn baby. Most of the babies up for adoption via this medium are under 6 months old. It is even possible for adoptive parents to carry the baby home from the hospital. Information such as medical history and birth family will be more accessible. Here also you will have a greater power in choosing the baby that you want.
There are a few things to consider with Private Adoption however. Firstly it is not cheap. Depending on the agency that you use the price will range between $10,000 to about $20,000. But do not forget about the tax credit that adoptive parents of this medium may qualify for.
The tax credit may be up to $13,000. A few other things to consider is that not only will you know the birth parents but they will also know you as they are the ones who chose you in the first place. Birth mothers may change their minds. This is regulated by the law however and is also affected by the state you live in.
It is mostly limited to 30 days from the child is born in most states. Finally you may not have a choice in the gender as sometimes you are matched with a baby that have not born as yet and the sex is not known.
The other medium we will look at is International adopting. Internationally there are 143 million orphans around the world. The child’s ethnicity and country can be picking by the prospective parents. Some of these countries are China, Russia, Ukraine, India and many more.
You will be able to choose the child’s gender and there are rules on this issue, but a lot of the countries let you state your preferences. Have a child beforehand may have an impact on your choice in this regard. Age can be requested but you should know that newborns are virtually impossible to get in international adoption. However you may be able to get a child that is under the age of one or a little over that age.
International adoption is expensive and very hard to avoid the full blast of the expense. The cost can be from $20,000 to $40,000 and even more. You will be paying for things like your home study, the orphanage donation, your agency travel cost and more.
Tax credit of $13,000 maximum is available with many other grants, and no interest adoption loans. Ensure that you choose the adoption agency carefully as some are only interested in making a profit. Information about the birth parents will be very limited here and sometimes even the birthdate is a guess.
The requirement to par take in international adoption are very strict so you will have to make sure you meet them to qualify.
Finally we will look at adopting from the Foster Care. According to Adopt Us Kids 115,000 children are up for adoption in this system. The requirements are flexible and you do not have to be married and having children before doesn’t affect your chances of being considered.
It also doesn’t cost much if any money at all to adopt from the foster care. The state normally pays for the home study, training and legal fees. If anything and you have to spend your own money you will be reimbursed when you file your tax returns. There may also be stipends attached to the children even after they have been adopted and they are often able to get free college tuition at state schools.
You have the option to take a child in your home as a foster child and then overtime decide to adopt them. The downside is that the birth parents may decide to take back their child but they have 6mths to make that choice. You can learn about the child’s background by communicating with your social worker. The chances of getting a newborn is limited as only 3% are under 1yr old, another 60 percent are over the age of 6.